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The Kateshill Sweet Chestnut

As part of a visit by the Countryfile TV programme, the Kateshill Sweet Chestnut was measured by the Wyre Forest Study Group. This tree known and loved by local people still looks good after possibly 500 years of growth. The girth was measured as 9.7 metres, a slight increase over the last ten years. This is the largest Sweet Chestnut in the County. It is unusual in that the long lower limbs have been allowed to grow out with some touching the ground. One of the longest of these branches is over 23 metres in length. It is not exactly known how old the tree is but it may have been planted in the early 16th Century, possibly by Prince Arthur, to mark his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. They briefly lived nearby at Tickenhill manor in 1501